A Texas inmate awaiting execution for a double homicide wants to go out laughing. Patrick Knight wants his final words to be memorable — and funny — so he is soliciting jokes from the public.
The 39-year-old has already received 250 jokes. He plans to select one to recite before his execution on June 26.
Randall County Sheriff Joel Richardson thinks the whole idea is insensitive. "This tells you a little bit about the guy's character, anyway," said Richardson, who was chief deputy at the time of the killings and plans to witness Knight's execution. READ MORE
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Here is what FOX Fans are saying:
"Perhaps, if I was in Mr. Knight's shoes, I might consider approaching my scheduled demise in such a manner. However, it is disrespectful to his victims. He owes these families earnest apologies before considering injecting humor into the matter of his execution. What would be even more disrespectful is if any news organization ever reports what he says. Let him say whatever he wants, but don't carry the message for him. What are the chances of that happening?" — Philip (East Greenbush, NY)
"I think it is perfectly fine if he wants to tell a joke before his execution, but I would not let it known to the public or press whose joke it was. If someone out there who wants to get his 15 minutes of fame at the expense of someone's death, shame on you. If we don't let him tell his joke at this time in his life, shame on us." — Bob (Ellensburg, WA)
"Everyone wants their 15 minutes of fame. The outrageous speech, and the outlandish actions gets the press coverage. Just another sign of the times. Fortunately, his life as a comedian will be a short one." — Wince (Clermont, FL)
"A gag order is appropriate. Did he give his victims the choice of a last laugh before he murdered them?" — Doc
"Joke: 'I'm finally going to do something good in my life! DIE!'" — Larry (Alpine, TX)